Mr. Alonso Galvan
Mr. Galvan is the only student in the very busy Information Technology (IT) unit at TVMDL; however, he functions and is treated as a full-time professional staff member by both the IT team and the rest of the agency employees. He maintains basic desktop support and other fundamental IT issues for more than 165 TVMDL employees. He is always busy, with more requests for IT support than he has time to address in a day, but he never loses his pleasant, kind, and helpful attitude. When faced with a challenge he does not have the answer to, he does not rely on a full-time colleague to “fix it” but instead tackles the problem head on. TVMDL employees trust his recommendations and judgment. He is a great source of information, and his positive attitude boosts the spirit of those around him. Mr. Galvan meets all of these demands while carrying a full course load at Texas A&M University.
Ms. Sonia Lingsweiler
Ms. Lingsweiler joined TVMDL as a student worker in 1985; today she is Assistant Section Head of TVMDL’s Bacteriology Section at College Station. Her dedication to TVMDL clients is second to none. She handles each case with respect and ensures that tests are performed in a timely manner and results are accurate and reliable. She understands how much our clients depend on our lab results to make sound medical decisions and create effective strategies to ensure herd/flock health. She has mastered the science and art of being a diagnostic bacteriologist, with finely honed skills that are likely unmatched at any other veterinary diagnostic lab in the nation. Generous with her time, she is often sought to consult with veterinary pathologists and other scientists at TVMDL and other diagnostic laboratories. Clients and visitors are impressed with her positivity and passion for her job.
Mr. Travis Mays
Since his promotion to Assistant Section Head just one year ago, Mr. Mays has combined his technical skills and his servant style of leadership to realize significant, positive change in TVMDL’s Drug Testing Laboratory. He has worked to understand the needs of the Drug Lab’s clients, incorporated the latest testing technology, and ensured buy-in from and collaboration with his employees. These changes resulted in the prestigious awarding of ISO17025 accreditation for the laboratory. His staff members are some of the best trained and most technically proficient at TVMDL, and he has led the way in this transformation. Colleagues praise his insight, willingness to learn, and adaptability. He motivates his employees to new levels of teamwork and achievement, and the results have brought high praise and recognition to TVMDL.
Mr. Cullyn Winn
Mr. Winn is a Quality Assurance Manager in the TVMDL Drug Testing Laboratory. Relatively new to the agency, he was assigned to help the Drug Lab prepare for and obtain ISO17025 accreditation. With his guidance and expertise,
the lab developed and implemented new processes, properly trained staff, and improved record-keeping and documentation systems that resulted in the agency’s first accreditation to the ISO17025 standard. Mr. Winn’s collaborative nature, tenacity, and patience were critical to ensuring that TVMDL met this goal. With the accreditation under his belt, he is now helping the lab pursue accreditation from the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. He is also an asset to other testing sections striving for continuous improvement to their processes. His impeccable work ethic, professionalism, and drive to succeed make him an invaluable resource for TVMDL.
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